Meet Chuckie! She would love to find a fur-ever family as she has been at the Humane Society of West Michigan the longest of any animal in their current care! It's been over 210 days since poor Chuckie has had a place to call home.

Chuckie the Cat
Photo: Humane Society of West Michigan

An adorable, long-haired cat, Chuckie is a very sweet, affectionate senior feline. She's 9 years old. She will need time to warm up and adjust to her new environment, but once she does she will be your BFF! She expects to be the queen of the household and enjoys chirping and relaxing near you (on her terms). She would do best in a home with older, respectful children, and possibly a home where she can be your only pet and not have to stress about other cats or dogs in her space. She just went into a new foster home and her foster mom says "She is soooo cute and such a cuddle bug. She loves to burrow under blankets or behind pillows and sit near me or on my lap." If you’re interested in giving Chuckie a furever home, please visit our website at

Bark in the Dark 2021!!

Bark in the Dark 2021 is NEARLY HERE! Join the Humane Society of West Michigan next week at Riverside Park on Saturday, October 2nd from 5-9 pm for their ninth annual family & dog-friendly 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk!

All proceeds from Bark in the Dark benefit animals in need at the Humane Society of West Michigan! Don't want to run? Don't worry! The event features family-fun activities, including balloon animals and face painting, a pup-arazzi photo booth, and a beer tent featuring local beer, wine, & hard cider. The Independent Bank dog costume contest is also back, so start planning your pup's costume now!

Tickets are just $35 per person, and come with a wag bag filled with goodies for you and your dog, access to the race and activities, and participants ages 21 and older will also receive a ticket for one alcoholic beverage at the beer tent! Don’t miss out, purchase your tickets TODAY through the website at

Small Animal Fostering

Tortoises, cockatiels, and mice--oh my!

Everyone knows that the Humane Society of West Michigan accepts animals like dogs, cats, and rabbits into their care, but did you know they can house a much larger variety of pets? Thanks to their robust foster program, they can now care for all sorts of animals that wouldn't thrive in a shelter environment.

They can currently accept birds, reptiles, and small animals like mice, hedgehogs, ferrets, and more! If you're interested in becoming a small animal foster, please contact our Foster Team at to start your fostering journey!

Sweetwaters Adoption Day

Head to Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea at Monroe North this Saturday, Sept 25th, from 10 am to 2 pm for delicious drinks, scrumptious snacks, and adorable adoptable puppies!
Even if you're not ready for a new pet, still stop in to ‘treat-yo-self’ as Sweetwaters will be donating a portion of the proceeds to pets in need at HSWM!

Please visit to view profiles and learn more about adopting!

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